Sister Parish probably would have loved this American 19th-century library table from Laurin Copen Antiques. Sister liked freshly painted furniture, she liked cheerful reds, and she often put a glamorous spin on Americana. Those who worked with Sister say she had a knack for taking intense bright colors -- shades like taxicab yellow that frightened most people -- and mixing them with subdued elements so that a room worked as a whole.
I think the red paint here brings out the sculptural quality of the table. Something to consider if you've inherited a piece you previously viewed as clunky and somber. A non-museum quality piece, of course :)
Look how the white lamps play off the red, below. So graphic.
To learn more about Sister see, Sister: The Life of Legendary Interior Decorator Mrs. Henry Parish II